Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW

Chen Xu

Department of Geography

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University, 2010

M.S. Computer Science, Sam Houston State University, 2005

B.S. Automation and Control Engineering Technology, 1999


Ross Hall, Room 419

Image of Chen Xu

Research Interests

Big Geospatial Data Analytics, Volunteered Geographic Information, Social Media, Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure and Geographic Information Science


  • GEOG4200 Intro to GIS
  • GEOG4210/5210 Advanced GIS
  • GEOG4220/5220 Spatial Modeling and GeoComputation
  • GEOG4880/5880 Introduction to Python Spatial Analytics

Current Research

  • Developing drone-based mobile GIS&T education capacity at UW
  • A web-based geospatial portal for Wyoming-calibrated west wide wildfire risk assessment
  • Real-time wildfire disaster management research and implementation
  • Data driven Spatial information system engineering

Recent Publications

Xu C. Smart sensors, cyborgs, and cybernetics: A critical reading of smart city technologies. (eds.) S.L. Shaw and D. Sui, Human Dynamics Research in Smart and Connected Communities. Springer. (in press)

Zhou X., Xu C., 2017. Tracing the spatial-temporal evolution of events based on social media data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 6(3): 1-15.

Sun Z., Zhang H., Liu Z., Xu C., and Wang L., 2016. Migrating GIS Big Data Computing from Hadoop to Spark: An Exemplary Study Using Twitter. In Proceedings of IEEE 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing. DOI 10.1109/CLOUD.2016.52

Share This Page:

Contact Us

Department of Geography

Ross Hall, Room 223

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3311


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon